It’s hard to believe the series is over after spending the last three weeks immersed in it! By the end, I was even dreaming about it while I was asleep which isn’t that common of a phenomenon for me. Although I had some quibbles here and there, and although there were definitely things in the series that I wish hadn’t happened, it kept me engrossed and entertained. I’m really glad I finally got around to reading the Harry Potter series.
The first book definitely felt like a children’s book in terms of the author’s story-telling voice and, while the story was a lot of fun, sometimes the young tone felt tiresome to me. Either I got used to it, or it completely vanished, because I didn’t notice it in the remaining books. As far as the content, the books slowly transitioned from fairly tame books to darker books. In the earlier books, the main problem(s) for that book are resolved and all of our good guys come out pretty much unscathed. As the series progresses, this becomes less and less true and there are some painful moments. Although the first book arguably wasn’t all that twisty, the rest of the series is quite twisty. This is one of the things I really enjoyed about it, because it was fun speculating about what was really going on, who was responsible for what, and so forth.
I have my usual rambling and random comments about this last book that I’ll have to put in spoiler tags.
Thanks again to everybody who has been following and commenting on my reviews while I read this series. It’s been so much fun to have people to talk to about the books while I was reading them, and who were always careful not to spoil anything for me. It’s been much appreciated!